BTEC National Diploma in Sport

Exam Board: Edexcel

This is a double award subject and takes up two of your three options.

You will study seven mandatory units: 

You will also study two optional units. The current optional units are Sports Injuries and Planning a sporting event.


67% coursework, 33% external exam


General college entry requirements plus a recommended grade 4 or above in a GCSE PE qualification.

Where can it lead?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport​ is equivalent in size to two A-Levels. It is for students interested in learning about a variety of elements within the sport sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of HE sport courses, or work/apprenticeships in the sports industry.

University courses

Sport Coaching and Development/Sport and Exercise Science/Sport Coaching/


Leisure attendant/Personal Training apprentice/Referee

Career paths

Fitness Instructor/Grounds Person/Leisure Attendant/Personal Trainer/ PE Teacher

Study of sport particularly encourages the development of skills and behaviours such as teamwork, leadership, performance analysis, resilience, evaluation, analysis and synthesising concepts. These skills are developed through the variety of approaches to teaching and learning enabled by the specification.